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A53686 The doctrine of justification by faith through the imputation of the righteousness of Christ, explained, confirmed, & vindicated by John Owen ... Owen, John, 1616-1683. 1677 (1677) Wing O739; ESTC R13355 418,173 622

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to_o receive_v christ_n joh._n 1.12_o col._n 2.6_o the_o abundance_n of_o grace_n and_o the_o gift_n of_o righteousness_n rom._n 5.17_o the_o word_n of_o promise_n act._n 2.41_o the_o word_n of_o god_n act._n 8.14_o 1_o thes._n 1.6_o chap._n 2.13_o the_o atonement_n make_v by_o the_o blood_n of_o christ_n rom._n 5.11_o the_o forgiveness_n of_o sin_n act._n 10.43_o chap._n 26.18_o the_o promise_n of_o the_o spirit_n gal._n 3.14_o the_o promise_n heb._n 9.15_o there_o be_v therefore_o nothing_o that_o concur_v unto_o our_o justification_n but_o we_o receive_v it_o by_o faith_n and_o unbelief_n be_v express_v by_o not_o receive_v joh._n 1.11_o chap._n 3.11_o chap._n 12.48_o chap._n 14.17_o wherefore_o the_o object_n of_o faith_n in_o our_o justification_n that_o whereby_o we_o be_v justify_v be_v tender_v grant_v and_o give_v unto_o we_o of_o god_n the_o use_n of_o faith_n be_v to_o lay_v hold_n upon_o it_o to_o receive_v it_o so_o as_o that_o it_o may_v be_v our_o own_o what_o we_o 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in_o our_o general_a enquiry_n into_o the_o use_n of_o it_o in_o our_o justification_n it_o shall_v not_o therefore_o be_v here_o much_o again_o insist_v on_o two_o thing_n we_o may_v observe_v concern_v it_o 1._o that_o it_o be_v so_o express_v with_o respect_n unto_o the_o whole_a object_n of_o faith_n or_o unto_o all_o that_o do_v any_o way_n concur_v unto_o our_o justification_n for_o 1._o we_o be_v say_v to_o receive_v christ_n himself_o unto_o as_o many_o as_o have_v receive_v he_o he_o give_v power_n to_o become_v the_o son_n of_o god_n joh._n 1.12_o as_o you_o have_v receive_v christ_n jesus_n the_o lord_n col._n 2.6_o in_o opposition_n hereunto_o unbelief_n be_v express_v by_o not_o receive_v of_o he_o joh._n 11.1_o chap._n 3.11_o chap._n 12.48_o chap._n 14.17_o and_o it_o be_v a_o receive_n of_o christ_n as_o he_o be_v the_o lord_n our_o righteousness_n as_o of_o god_n he_o be_v make_v righteousness_n unto_o we_o and_o as_o no_o grace_n no_o duty_n can_v have_v any_o 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as_o that_o which_o be_v not_o our_o own_o but_o be_v make_v our_o own_o by_o that_o give_v and_o receive_v this_o be_v evident_a in_o the_o general_a nature_n of_o receive_v and_o herein_o as_o be_v observe_v as_o no_o other_o grace_n or_o duty_n can_v concur_v with_o it_o so_o the_o righteousness_n whereby_o we_o be_v justify_v can_v be_v none_o of_o our_o own_o antecedent_n unto_o this_o reception_n nor_o at_o any_o time_n inherent_a in_o we_o hence_o we_o argue_v that_o if_o the_o work_n of_o faith_n in_o our_o justification_n be_v receive_v of_o what_o be_v free_o grant_v give_v communicate_v and_o impute_v unto_o we_o that_o be_v of_o christ_n of_o the_o atonement_n of_o the_o gift_n of_o righteousness_n of_o the_o forgiveness_n of_o sin_n than_o have_v our_o other_o grace_n our_o obedience_n duty_n work_n no_o influence_n into_o our_o justification_n nor_o be_v any_o cause_n or_o condition_n thereof_o for_o they_o be_v neither_o that_o which_o do_v receive_v nor_o that_o which_o be_v receive_v which_o alone_o concur_v thereunto_o 2._o faith_n be_v express_v by_o look_v look_v unto_o i_o and_o be_v save_v isa._n 45.22_o a_o man_n shall_v look_v to_o his_o maker_n and_o his_o eye_n shall_v have_v respect_n unto_o the_o holy_a one_o of_o israel_n chap._n 17.1_o they_o shall_v look_v on_o i_o who_o they_o have_v pierce_v zech._n 12.10_o see_v psal._n 123.2_o the_o nature_n hereof_o be_v express_v joh._n 3.14_o 15._o as_o moses_n lift_v up_o the_o serpent_n in_o the_o wilderness_n even_o so_o must_v the_o son_n of_o man_n be_v lift_v up_o that_o whosoever_o believe_v in_o he_o shall_v not_o perish_v but_o have_v eternal_a life_n for_o so_o be_v he_o to_o be_v lift_v up_o on_o the_o cross_n in_o his_o death_n joh._n 8.28_o chap._n 12.32_o the_o story_n be_v record_v numb_a 21.8_o 9_o i_o suppose_v none_o doubt_v but_o that_o the_o sting_a of_o the_o people_n by_o fiery_a serpent_n and_o the_o death_n that_o ensue_v thereon_o be_v type_n of_o the_o guilt_n of_o sin_n and_o the_o sentence_n of_o the_o fiery_a law_n thereon_o for_o these_o thing_n happen_v unto_o they_o in_o type_n 1_o cor._n 10.11_o when_o any_o be_v so_o sting_v or_o bite_v if_o he_o betake_v himself_o unto_o any_o other_o remedy_n he_o die_v and_o perish_v only_o they_o that_o look_v unto_o the_o brazen_a serpent_n that_o be_v lift_v up_o be_v heal_v and_o live_v for_o this_o be_v the_o ordinance_n of_o god_n this_o way_n of_o heal_v alone_o have_v he_o appoint_v and_o their_o heal_n be_v a_o type_n of_o the_o pardon_n of_o sin_n with_o everlasting_a life_n so_o by_o their_o look_v be_v the_o nature_n of_o faith_n express_v as_o our_o saviour_n plain_o expound_v it_o in_o this_o p_o ace_n so_o must_v the_o son_n of_o man_n be_v lift_v up_o that_o he_o that_o believe_v on_o he_o that_o be_v as_o the_o israelite_n look_v unto_o the_o serpent_n in_o the_o wilderness_n and_o although_o this_o expression_n of_o the_o great_a mystery_n of_o the_o gospel_n by_o christ_n himself_o have_v be_v by_o some_o deride_v or_o as_o they_o call_v it_o expose_v yet_o be_v it_o real_o as_o instructive_a of_o the_o nature_n of_o faith_n justification_n and_o salvation_n by_o christ_n as_o any_o passage_n in_o the_o scripture_n now_o if_o faith_n whereby_o we_o be_v justify_v and_o in_o that_o exercise_n of_o it_o wherein_o we_o be_v so_o be_v a_o look_v unto_o christ_n under_o a_o sense_n of_o the_o guilt_n of_o sin_n and_o our_o lose_a condition_n thereby_o for_o all_o for_o our_o only_a help_n and_o relief_n for_o deliverance_n righteousness_n and_o life_n then_o be_v it_o therein_o exclusive_a of_o all_o other_o grace_n and_o duty_n whatever_o for_o by_o they_o we_o neither_o look_v nor_o be_v they_o the_o thing_n which_o we_o look_v after_o but_o so_o be_v the_o nature_n and_o exercise_n of_o faith_n express_v by_o the_o holy_a ghost_n and_o they_o who_o do_v believe_v understand_v his_o mind_n for_o whatever_o may_v be_v pretend_v of_o metaphor_n in_o the_o expression_n faith_n be_v that_o act_n of_o the_o soul_n whereby_o they_o who_o be_v hopeless_a helpless_a and_o lose_v in_o themselves_o do_v in_o a_o way_n of_o expectance_n and_o trust_n seek_v for_o all_o help_n and_o relief_n in_o christ_n alone_o or_o there_o be_v not_o truth_n in_o it_o and_o this_o also_o sufficient_o evince_v the_o nature_n of_o our_o justification_n by_o christ._n 3._o it_o be_v in_o like_a manner_n frequent_o express_v by_o come_v unto_o christ._n come_v unto_o i_o all_o you_o that_o labour_n mat._n 11.28_o see_v joh._n 6.35.37_o 45_o 65._o chap._n 7.37_o to_o come_v unto_o christ_n for_o life_n and_o salvation_n be_v to_o believe_v on_o he_o unto_o the_o justification_n of_o life_n but_o no_o other_o grace_n or_o duty_n be_v a_o come_n unto_o christ_n and_o therefore_o have_v they_o no_o place_n in_o justification_n he_o who_o have_v be_v convince_v of_o sin_n who_o have_v be_v weary_v with_o the_o burden_n of_o it_o who_o have_v real_o design_v to_o fly_v from_o the_o 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thing_n we_o may_v observe_v in_o the_o apostle_n assignation_n of_o the_o cause_n of_o our_o deliverance_n from_o a_o state_n of_o sin_n and_o acceptance_n with_o god_n 1._o that_o he_o assign_v the_o whole_a of_o this_o work_n absolute_o unto_o grace_n love_n and_o mercy_n and_o that_o with_o a_o exclusion_n of_o the_o consideration_n of_o any_o thing_n on_o our_o part_n as_o we_o shall_v see_v immediate_o ver._n 5_o 8._o 2._o he_o magnify_v this_o grace_n in_o a_o marvellous_a manner_n for_o 1._o he_o express_v it_o by_o all_o name_n and_o title_n whereby_o it_o be_v signify_v as_o 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d mercy_n love_n grace_n and_o kindness_n for_o he_o will_v have_v we_o to_o look_v only_o unto_o grace_n herein_o 2._o he_o ascribe_v such_o adjunct_n and_o give_v such_o epithet_n unto_o that_o divine_a mercy_n and_o grace_n which_o be_v the_o sole_a cause_n of_o our_o deliverance_n in_o and_o by_o jesus_n christ_n as_o render_v it_o singular_a and_o herein_o sole_o to_o be_v adore_v 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d rich_a in_o mercy_n great_a love_n wherewith_o he_o love_v we_o the_o exceed_a riches_n of_o his_o grace_n in_o his_o kindness_n ver._n 4_o 5_o 6_o 7._o it_o can_v reasonable_o be_v deny_v but_o that_o the_o apostle_n do_v design_n deep_o to_o affect_v the_o mind_n and_o heart_n of_o believer_n with_o a_o sense_n of_o the_o grace_n and_o love_n of_o god_n in_o christ_n as_o the_o only_a cause_n of_o their_o justification_n before_o god_n i_o think_v no_o word_n can_v express_v those_o conception_n of_o the_o mind_n which_o this_o representation_n of_o grace_n do_v suggest_v whether_o they_o think_v it_o any_o part_n of_o their_o duty_n to_o be_v like_o mind_a and_o comply_v with_o the_o apostle_n in_o this_o design_n who_o scarce_o ever_o mention_v the_o grace_n of_o god_n unless_o it_o be_v in_o a_o way_n of_o diminution_n from_o its_o efficacy_n and_o unto_o who_o such_o ascription_n unto_o it_o as_o be_v here_o make_v by_o he_o be_v a_o matter_n 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easy_o be_v induce_v to_o concern_v himself_o in_o those_o additional_a supply_n unto_o it_o from_o our_o own_o work_n and_o obedience_n which_o some_o will_v suggest_v unto_o he_o but_o we_o may_v yet_o look_v further_o into_o the_o word_n the_o case_n which_o the_o apostle_n state_n the_o inquiry_n which_o he_o have_v in_o hand_n whereon_o he_o determine_v as_o to_o the_o truth_n wherein_o he_o instruct_v the_o ephesian_n and_o in_o they_o the_o whole_a church_n of_o god_n be_v how_o a_o lose_a condemn_a sinner_n may_v come_v to_o be_v accept_v with_o god_n and_o thereon_o save_v and_o this_o be_v the_o sole_a inquiry_n wherein_o we_o be_v or_o intend_v in_o this_o controversy_n to_o be_v concern_v further_o we_o will_v not_o proceed_v either_o upon_o the_o invitation_n or_o provocation_n of_o any_o concern_v this_o his_o position_n and_o determination_n be_v that_o we_o be_v save_v by_o grace_n this_o first_o he_o occasional_o interpose_v in_o his_o enumeration_n of_o the_o benefit_n we_o receive_v by_o christ_n ver._n 5._o but_o not_o content_a therewith_o he_o again_o direct_o assert_v it_o ver._n 8._o in_o the_o same_o word_n for_o he_o seem_v to_o have_v consider_v how_o slow_a man_n will_v be_v in_o the_o admittance_n of_o this_o truth_n which_o at_o once_o deprive_v they_o of_o all_o boasting_n in_o themselves_o what_o it_o be_v that_o he_o intend_v by_o our_o be_v save_v must_v be_v inquire_v into_o it_o will_v not_o be_v prejudicial_a unto_o but_o rather_o advance_v the_o truth_n we_o plead_v for_o if_o by_o our_o be_v save_v eternal_a salvation_n be_v intend_v but_o that_o can_v be_v the_o sense_n of_o it_o in_o this_o place_n otherwise_o than_o as_o that_o salvation_n be_v include_v in_o the_o cause_n of_o it_o which_o be_v effectual_a in_o this_o life_n nor_o do_v i_o think_v that_o in_o that_o expression_n by_o grace_n you_o be_v save_v our_o justification_n only_o be_v intend_v although_o it_o be_v so_o principal_o conversion_n unto_o god_n and_o sanctification_n be_v also_o include_v therein_o as_o be_v evident_a from_o ver._n 5_o 6._o and_o they_o be_v no_o less_o of_o sovereign_a grace_n than_o be_v our_o justification_n itself_o but_o the_o apostle_n speak_v of_o what_o the_o ephesian_n be_v now_o believer_n and_o by_o virtue_n of_o their_o be_v so_o be_v make_v partaker_n of_o in_o this_o life_n this_o be_v manifest_a in_o the_o whole_a context_n for_o have_v in_o the_o begin_n of_o the_o chapter_n describe_v their_o condition_n what_o it_o be_v in_o common_a with_o all_o the_o posterity_n of_o adam_n by_o nature_n ver._n 1_o 2_o 3._o he_o moreover_o declare_v their_o condition_n in_o particular_a in_o opposition_n to_o that_o of_o the_o jew_n as_o they_o be_v gentile_n idolater_n atheist_n ver._n 11_o 12._o their_o present_a delivery_n by_o jesus_n christ_n from_o this_o whole_a miserable_a state_n and_o condition_n that_o which_o they_o be_v under_o in_o common_a with_o all_o mankind_n and_o that_o which_o be_v a_o peculiar_a aggravation_n of_o its_o misery_n in_o themselves_o be_v that_o which_o he_o intend_v by_o their_o be_v save_v that_o which_o be_v principal_o design_v in_o the_o description_n of_o this_o state_n be_v that_o therein_o and_o thereby_o they_o be_v liable_a unto_o the_o wrath_n of_o god_n guilty_a before_o he_o and_o obnoxious_a unto_o his_o judgement_n this_o he_o express_v in_o the_o declaration_n of_o it_o ver._n 3._o answerable_a unto_o that_o method_n and_o those_o ground_n he_o every_o where_o proceed_v on_o in_o declare_v the_o doctrine_n of_o justification_n rom._n 3.19_o 20_o 21_o 22_o 23_o 24._o tit._n 3.3_o 4_o 5._o from_o this_o state_n they_o have_v deliverance_n by_o faith_n in_o christ_n jesus_n for_o unto_o as_o many_o as_o receive_v he_o power_n be_v give_v to_o be_v the_o son_n of_o god_n joh._n 1.12_o he_o that_o believe_v on_o he_o be_v not_o condemn_v that_o be_v he_o be_v save_v in_o the_o sense_n of_o the_o apostle_n in_o this_o place_n joh._n 3.15_o he_o that_o believe_v on_o the_o son_n of_o god_n have_v everlasting_a life_n be_v save_v but_o he_o that_o believe_v not_o the_o wrath_n of_o god_n abide_v on_o he_o ver._n 36._o and_o in_o this_o sense_n save_v and_o salvation_n be_v frequent_o use_v in_o the_o scripture_n beside_o he_o give_v we_o so_o full_a a_o description_n of_o the_o salvation_n which_o he_o intend_v from_o ver._n 13._o unto_o the_o end_n of_o the_o chapter_n that_o there_o can_v be_v no_o doubt_n of_o it_o it_o be_v our_o be_v make_v nigh_o by_o the_o blood_n of_o christ_n ver._n 13._o our_o peace_n with_o god_n by_o his_o death_n ver._n 14_o 15._o our_o reconciliation_n by_o the_o blood_n of_o the_o cross_n ver._n 16._o our_o access_n unto_o god_n and_o all_o spiritual_a privilege_n thereon_o depend_v ver._n 18_o 19_o 20_o etc._n etc._n wherefore_o the_o inquiry_n of_o the_o apostle_n and_o his_o determination_n thereon_o be_v concern_v the_o cause_n of_o our_o justification_n before_o god_n this_o he_o declare_v and_o fix_v both_o positive_o and_o negative_o positive_o 1_o in_o the_o supreme_a move_a cause_n on_o the_o part_n of_o god_n this_o be_v that_o free_a sovereign_a grace_n and_o love_n of_o he_o which_o he_o illustrate_v by_o its_o adjunct_n and_o property_n before_o mention_v 2._o in_o the_o meritorious_a procure_a cause_n of_o it_o which_o be_v jesus_n christ_n in_o the_o work_n of_o his_o mediation_n as_o the_o ordinance_n of_o god_n for_o the_o render_v this_o grace_n effectual_a unto_o his_o glory_n ver._n 7_o 13_o 16._o 3._o in_o the_o only_a mean_n or_o instrumental_a cause_n on_o our_o part_n which_o be_v faith_n by_o grace_n be_v you_o save_v through_o faith_n ver._n 8._o and_o lest_o he_o shall_v seem_v to_o derogate_v any_o thing_n from_o the_o grace_n
apprehension_n who_o cry_v sir_n what_o must_v i_o do_v to_o be_v save_v 2._o with_o respect_n unto_o this_o state_n and_o condition_n of_o man_n or_o man_n in_o this_o state_n and_o condition_n the_o enquiry_n be_v what_o that_o be_v upon_o the_o account_n whereof_o god_n pardon_v all_o their_o sin_n receive_v they_o into_o his_o favour_n declare_v or_o pronounce_v they_o righteous_a and_o acquit_v from_o all_o gild_n remove_v the_o curse_n and_o turn_v away_o all_o his_o wrath_n from_o they_o give_v they_o right_o and_o title_n unto_o a_o bless_a immortality_n or_o life_n eternal_a this_o be_v that_o alone_a wherein_o the_o conscience_n of_o sinner_n in_o this_o estate_n be_v concern_v nor_o do_v they_o inquire_v after_o any_o thing_n but_o what_o they_o may_v have_v to_o oppose_v unto_o or_o answer_v the_o justice_n of_o god_n in_o the_o command_n and_o curse_n of_o the_o law_n and_o what_o they_o may_v betake_v themselves_o unto_o for_o the_o obtain_n of_o acceptance_n with_o he_o unto_o life_n and_o salvation_n that_o the_o apostle_n do_v thus_o and_o no_o otherwise_o state_n this_o whole_a matter_n and_o in_o a_o answer_n unto_o this_o enquiry_n declare_v the_o nature_n of_o justification_n and_o all_o the_o cause_n of_o it_o in_o the_o three_o and_o four_o chapter_n of_o the_o epistle_n to_o the_o roman_n and_o elsewhere_o shall_v be_v afterward_o declare_v and_o prove_v and_o we_o shall_v also_o manifest_v that_o the_o apostle_n james_n in_o the_o second_o chapter_n of_o his_o epistle_n do_v not_o speak_v unto_o this_o enquiry_n nor_o give_v a_o answer_n unto_o it_o but_o it_o be_v of_o justification_n in_o another_o sense_n and_o to_o another_o purpose_n whereof_o he_o treat_v and_o whereas_o we_o can_v either_o safe_o or_o useful_o treat_v of_o this_o doctrine_n but_o with_o respect_n unto_o the_o same_o end_n for_o which_o it_o be_v declare_v and_o whereunto_o it_o be_v apply_v in_o the_o scripture_n we_o shall_v not_o by_o any_o pretence_n be_v turn_v aside_o from_o attend_v unto_o this_o case_n and_o its_o resolution_n in_o all_o our_o discourse_n on_o this_o subject_n for_o it_o be_v the_o direction_n satisfaction_n and_o peace_n of_o the_o conscience_n of_o man_n and_o not_o the_o curiosity_n of_o notion_n or_o subtlety_n of_o disputation_n which_o it_o be_v our_o duty_n to_o design_n and_o therefore_o i_o shall_v as_o much_o as_o possible_o i_o may_v avoid_v all_o those_o philosophical_a term_n and_o distinction_n wherewith_o this_o evangelical_n doctrine_n have_v be_v perplex_v rather_o than_o illustrate_v for_o more_o weight_n be_v to_o be_v put_v on_o the_o steady_a guidance_n of_o the_o mind_n and_o conscience_n of_o one_o believer_n real_o exercise_v about_o the_o foundation_n of_o his_o peace_n and_o acceptance_n with_o god_n then_o on_o the_o confutation_n of_o ten_o wrangle_a disputer_n 3._o now_o the_o enquiry_n on_o what_o account_n or_o for_o what_o cause_n and_o reason_n a_o man_n may_v be_v so_o acquit_v or_o discharge_v of_o sin_n and_o accept_v with_o god_n as_o before_o declare_v do_v necessary_o issue_v in_o this_o whether_o it_o be_v any_o thing_n in_o ourselves_o as_o our_o faith_n and_o repentance_n the_o renovation_n of_o our_o nature_n inherent_a habit_n of_o grace_n and_o actual_a work_n of_o righteousness_n which_o we_o have_v do_v or_o may_v do_v or_o whether_o it_o be_v the_o obedience_n righteousness_n satisfaction_n and_o merit_n of_o the_o son_n of_o god_n our_o mediator_n and_o surety_n of_o the_o covenant_n impute_v unto_o we_o one_o of_o these_o it_o must_v be_v namely_o something_o that_o be_v our_o own_o which_o whatever_o may_v be_v the_o influence_n of_o the_o grace_n of_o god_n into_o it_o or_o causality_n of_o it_o because_o wrought_v in_o and_o by_o we_o be_v inherent_o our_o own_o in_o a_o proper_a sense_n or_o something_o which_o be_v not_o our_o own_o not_o inherent_a in_o we_o not_o wrought_v by_o we_o be_v yet_o impute_v unto_o we_o for_o the_o pardon_n of_o our_o sin_n and_o the_o acceptation_n of_o our_o person_n as_o righteous_a or_o the_o make_n of_o we_o righteous_a in_o the_o sight_n of_o god_n neither_o be_v these_o thing_n capable_a of_o mixture_n or_o composition_n rom._n 11.6_o which_o of_o these_o it_o be_v the_o duty_n wisdom_n and_o safety_n of_o a_o convince_a sinner_n to_o rely_v upon_o and_o trust_v unto_o in_o his_o appearance_n before_o god_n be_v the_o sum_n of_o our_o present_a enquiry_n 4._o the_o way_n whereby_o sinner_n do_v or_o aught_o to_o betake_v themselves_o unto_o this_o relief_n on_o supposition_n that_o it_o be_v the_o righteousness_n of_o christ_n and_o how_o they_o come_v to_o be_v partaker_n of_o or_o interest_v in_o that_o which_o be_v not_o inherent_o their_o own_o unto_o as_o good_a benefit_n and_o as_o much_o advantage_n as_o if_o it_o be_v their_o own_o be_v of_o a_o distinct_a consideration_n and_o as_o this_o also_o be_v clear_o determine_v in_o the_o scripture_n so_o it_o be_v acknowledge_v in_o the_o experience_n of_o all_o they_o that_o do_v true_o believe_v neither_o be_v we_o in_o this_o matter_n much_o to_o regard_v the_o sense_n or_o arguing_n of_o man_n who_o be_v never_o thorough_o convince_v of_o sin_n nor_o have_v ever_o in_o their_o own_o person_n flee_v for_o refuge_n unto_o the_o hope_n set_v before_o they_o 5._o these_o thing_n i_o say_v be_v always_o to_o be_v attend_v unto_o in_o our_o whole_a disquisition_n into_o the_o nature_n of_o evangelical_n justification_n for_o without_o a_o constant_a respect_n unto_o they_o we_o shall_v quick_o wander_v into_o curious_a and_o perplex_a question_n wherein_o the_o conscience_n of_o guilty_a sinner_n be_v not_o concern_v and_o which_o therefore_o real_o belong_v not_o unto_o the_o substance_n or_o truth_n of_o this_o doctrine_n nor_o be_v to_o be_v immix_v therewith_o it_o be_v alone_o the_o relief_n of_o those_o who_o be_v in_o themselves_o 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d guilty_a before_o or_o obnoxious_a and_o liable_a to_o the_o judgement_n of_o god_n that_o we_o inquire_v after_o that_o this_o be_v not_o any_o thing_n in_o or_o of_o themselves_o nor_o can_v so_o be_v that_o it_o be_v a_o provision_n without_o they_o make_v in_o infinite_a wisdom_n and_o grace_n by_o the_o mediation_n of_o christ_n his_o obedience_n and_o death_n therein_o be_v secure_v in_o the_o scripture_n against_o all_o contradiction_n and_o it_o be_v the_o fundamental_a principle_n of_o the_o gospel_n math._n 11.28_o 6._o it_o be_v confess_v that_o many_o thing_n for_o the_o declaration_n of_o the_o truth_n and_o the_o order_n of_o the_o dispensation_n of_o god_n grace_n herein_o be_v necessary_o to_o be_v insist_v on_o such_o be_v the_o nature_n of_o justify_v faith_n the_o place_n and_o use_v of_o it_o in_o justification_n the_o cause_n of_o the_o new_a covenant_n the_o true_a notion_n of_o the_o mediation_n and_o suretyship_n of_o christ_n and_o the_o like_a which_o shall_v all_o of_o they_o be_v inquire_v into_o but_o beyond_o what_o tend_v direct_o unto_o the_o guidance_n of_o the_o mind_n and_o satisfaction_n of_o the_o soul_n of_o man_n who_o seek_v after_o a_o stable_n and_o abide_a foundation_n of_o acceptance_n with_o god_n we_o be_v not_o easy_o to_o be_v draw_v unless_o we_o be_v free_a to_o lose_v the_o benefit_n and_o comfort_n of_o this_o most_o important_a evangelical_n truth_n in_o needless_a and_o unprofitable_a contention_n and_o among_o many_o other_o miscarriage_n which_o man_n be_v subject_a unto_o whilst_o they_o be_v conversant_a about_o these_o thing_n this_o in_o a_o especial_a manner_n be_v to_o be_v avoid_v 1._o for_o the_o doctrine_n of_o justification_n be_v directive_n of_o christian_a practice_n and_o in_o no_o other_o evangelical_n truth_n be_v the_o whole_a of_o our_o obedience_n more_o concern_v for_o the_o foundation_n reason_n and_o motive_n of_o all_o our_o duty_n towards_o god_n be_v contain_v therein_o wherefore_o in_o order_n unto_o the_o due_a improvement_n of_o they_o ought_v it_o to_o be_v teach_v and_o not_o otherwise_o that_o which_o alone_o we_o aim_v or_o aught_o so_o to_o do_v to_o learn_v in_o it_o and_o by_o it_o be_v how_o we_o may_v get_v and_o maintain_v peace_n with_o god_n and_o so_o to_o live_v unto_o he_o as_o to_o be_v accept_v with_o he_o in_o what_o we_o do_v to_o satisfy_v the_o mind_n and_o conscience_n of_o man_n in_o these_o thing_n be_v this_o doctrine_n to_o be_v teach_v wherefore_o to_o carry_v it_o out_o of_o the_o understanding_n of_o ordinary_a christian_n by_o speculative_a notion_n and_o distinction_n be_v disserviceable_a unto_o the_o faith_n of_o the_o church_n yea_o the_o mix_n of_o evangelical_n revelation_n with_o philosophical_a notion_n have_v be_v in_o sundry_a age_n the_o poison_n of_o religion_n pretence_n of_o accuracy_n and_o artificial_a skill_n in_o teach_v be_v that_o which_o give_v countenance_n unto_o such_o a_o
but_o also_o the_o manner_n of_o our_o participation_n of_o it_o or_o its_o communication_n unto_o we_o from_o faith_n to_o faith_n the_o faith_n of_o god_n in_o the_o revelation_n and_o our_o faith_n in_o the_o acceptation_n of_o it_o be_v only_o here_o concern_v be_v a_o eminent_a revelation_n righteousness_n of_o all_o thing_n shall_v rather_o seem_v to_o be_v from_o work_n unto_o work_n from_o the_o work_n of_o grace_n in_o we_o to_o the_o work_n of_o obedience_n do_v by_o we_o as_o the_o papist_n affirm_v no_o say_v the_o apostle_n it_o be_v from_o faith_n to_o faith_n whereof_o afterward_o this_o be_v the_o general_a thesis_n the_o apostle_n propose_v unto_o confirmation_n and_o he_o seem_v therein_o to_o exclude_v from_o justification_n every_o thing_n but_o the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n and_o the_o faith_n of_o believer_n and_o to_o this_o purpose_n he_o consider_v all_o person_n that_o do_v or_o may_v pretend_v unto_o righteousness_n or_o seek_v after_o it_o and_o all_o way_n and_o mean_n whereby_o they_o hope_v to_o attain_v unto_o it_o or_o whereby_o it_o may_v most_o probable_o be_v obtain_v declare_v the_o fail_n of_o all_o person_n and_o the_o insufficiency_n of_o all_o mean_n as_o unto_o they_o for_o the_o obtain_v a_o righteousness_n of_o our_o own_o before_o god_n and_o as_o unto_o person_n 1._o he_o consider_v the_o gentile_n with_o all_o their_o notion_n of_o god_n their_o practice_n in_o religious_a worship_n with_o their_o conversation_n thereon_o and_o from_o the_o whole_a of_o what_o may_v be_v observe_v among_o they_o he_o conclude_v that_o they_o neither_o be_v nor_o can_v be_v justify_v before_o god_n but_o that_o they_o be_v all_o and_o that_o most_o deserve_o obnoxious_a unto_o the_o sentence_n of_o death_n and_o whatever_o man_n may_v discourse_v concern_v the_o justification_n and_o salvation_n of_o any_o without_o the_o revelation_n of_o the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n by_o the_o gospel_n from_o faith_n to_o faith_n it_o be_v express_o contradictory_n to_o his_o whole_a discourse_n chap._n 1._o from_o ver_fw-la 19_o to_o the_o end_n 2._o he_o consider_v the_o jew_n who_o enjoy_v the_o write_a law_n and_o the_o privilege_n wherewith_o it_o be_v accompany_v especial_o that_o of_o circumcision_n which_o be_v the_o outward_a seal_n of_o god_n covenant_n and_o on_o many_o consideration_n with_o many_o argument_n he_o exclude_v they_o also_o from_o any_o possibility_n of_o attain_v justification_n before_o god_n by_o any_o of_o the_o privilege_n they_o enjoy_v or_o their_o own_o compliance_n therewithal_o chap._n 2._o and_o both_o sort_n he_o exclude_v distinct_o from_o this_o privilege_n of_o righteousness_n before_o god_n with_o this_o one_o argument_n that_o both_o of_o they_o sin_v open_o against_o that_o which_o they_o take_v for_o the_o rule_n of_o their_o righteousness_n namely_o the_o gentile_n against_o the_o light_n of_o nature_n and_o the_o jew_n against_o the_o law_n whence_o it_o inevitable_o follow_v that_o none_o of_o they_o can_v attain_v unto_o the_o righteousness_n of_o their_o own_o rule_n but_o he_o proceed_v far_a unto_o that_o which_o be_v common_a to_o they_o all_o and_o 3._o he_o prove_v the_o same_o against_o all_o sort_n of_o person_n whether_o jew_n or_o gentile_n from_o the_o consideration_n of_o the_o universal_a depravation_n of_o nature_n in_o they_o all_o and_o the_o horrible_a effect_n that_o necessary_o ensue_v thereon_o in_o the_o heart_n and_o life_n of_o man_n chap._n 3._o so_o evidence_v that_o as_o they_o all_o be_v so_o it_o can_v not_o fall_v out_o but_o that_o all_o must_v be_v shut_v up_o under_o sin_n and_o come_v short_a of_o righteousness_n so_o from_o person_n he_o proceed_v to_o thing_n or_o mean_n of_o righteousness_n and_o 4._o because_o the_o law_n be_v give_v of_o god_n immediate_o as_o the_o whole_a and_o only_a rule_n of_o our_o obedience_n unto_o he_o and_o the_o work_n of_o the_o law_n be_v therefore_o all_o that_o be_v require_v of_o we_o these_o may_v be_v plead_v with_o some_o pretence_n as_o those_o whereby_o we_o may_v be_v justify_v wherefore_o in_o particular_a he_o consider_v the_o nature_n use_v and_o end_v of_o the_o law_n manifest_v its_o utter_a insufficiency_n to_o be_v a_o mean_n of_o our_o justification_n before_o god_n chap._n 3.19_o 20._o 5._o it_o may_v be_v yet_o object_v that_o the_o law_n and_o its_o work_n may_v be_v thus_o insufficient_a as_o it_o be_v obey_v by_o unbeliever_n in_o the_o state_n of_o nature_n without_o the_o aid_n of_o grace_n administer_v in_o the_o promise_n but_o with_o respect_n unto_o they_o who_o be_v regenerate_v and_o do_v believe_v who_o faith_n and_o work_n be_v accept_v with_o god_n it_o may_v be_v otherwise_o to_o obviate_v this_o objection_n he_o give_v a_o instance_n in_o two_o of_o the_o most_o eminent_a believer_n under_o the_o old_a testament_n namely_o abraham_n and_o david_n declare_v that_o all_o work_n whatever_o be_v exclude_v in_o and_o from_o their_o justification_n chap._n 4._o on_o these_o principle_n and_o by_o this_o gradation_n he_o peremptory_o conclude_v that_o all_o and_o every_o one_o of_o the_o son_n of_o man_n as_o unto_o any_o thing_n that_o be_v in_o themselves_o or_o can_v be_v do_v by_o they_o or_o be_v wrought_v in_o they_o be_v guilty_a before_o god_n obnoxious_a unto_o death_n shut_v up_o under_o sin_n and_o have_v their_o mouth_n so_o stop_v as_o to_o be_v deprive_v of_o all_o plea_n in_o their_o own_o excuse_n that_o they_o have_v no_o righteousness_n wherewith_o to_o appear_v before_o god_n and_o that_o all_o the_o way_n and_o mean_n whence_o they_o expect_v it_o be_v insufficient_a unto_o that_o purpose_n hereon_o he_o proceed_v with_o his_o enquiry_n how_o man_n may_v be_v deliver_v from_o this_o condition_n and_o come_v to_o be_v justify_v in_o the_o sight_n of_o god_n and_o in_o the_o resolution_n hereof_o he_o make_v no_o mention_n of_o any_o thing_n in_o themselves_o but_o only_a faith_n whereby_o we_o receive_v the_o atonement_n that_o whereby_o we_o be_v justify_v he_o say_v be_v the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n which_o be_v by_o the_o faith_n of_o christ_n jesus_n or_o that_o we_o be_v justify_v free_o by_o grace_n through_o the_o redemption_n that_o be_v in_o he_o chap._n 3.22_o 23_o 24_o 25._o and_o not_o content_v here_o with_o this_o answer_n unto_o the_o enquiry_n how_o lose_v convince_v sinner_n may_v come_v to_o be_v justify_v before_o god_n namely_o that_o it_o be_v by_o the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n reveal_v from_o faith_n to_o faith_n by_o grace_n by_o the_o blood_n of_o christ_n as_o he_o be_v set_v forth_o for_o a_o propitiation_n he_o immediate_o proceed_v unto_o a_o positive_a exclusion_n of_o every_o thing_n in_o and_o of_o ourselves_o that_o may_v pretend_v unto_o a_o interest_n herein_o as_o that_o which_o be_v inconsistent_a with_o the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n as_o reveal_v in_o the_o gospel_n and_o witness_v unto_o by_o the_o law_n and_o the_o prophet_n how_o contrary_a their_o scheme_n of_o divinity_n be_v unto_o this_o design_n of_o the_o apostle_n and_o his_o management_n of_o it_o who_o affirm_v that_o before_o the_o law_n man_n be_v justify_v by_o obedience_n unto_o the_o light_n of_o nature_n and_o some_o particular_a revelation_n make_v unto_o they_o in_o thing_n of_o their_o own_o especial_a private_a concernment_n and_o that_o after_o the_o give_n of_o the_o law_n they_o be_v so_o by_o obedience_n unto_o god_n according_a to_o the_o direction_n thereof_o as_o also_o that_o the_o heathen_a may_v obtain_v the_o same_o benefit_n in_o compliance_n with_o the_o dictate_v of_o reason_n can_v be_v contradict_v by_o any_o who_o have_v not_o a_o mind_n to_o be_v contentious_a answerable_a unto_o this_o declaration_n of_o the_o mind_n of_o the_o holy_a ghost_n herein_o by_o the_o apostle_n be_v the_o constant_a tenor_n of_o the_o scripture_n speak_v to_o the_o same_o purpose_n the_o grace_n of_o god_n the_o promise_n of_o mercy_n the_o free_a pardon_n of_o sin_n the_o blood_n of_o christ_n his_o obedience_n and_o the_o righteousness_n of_o god_n in_o he_o rest_v in_o and_o receive_v by_o faith_n be_v every_o where_o assert_v as_o the_o cause_n and_o mean_n of_o our_o justification_n in_o opposition_n unto_o any_o thing_n in_o ourselves_o s